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Robert of Niagara Says, in 2-4-2010 at 19:44:09 from     

I have not seen the UK series. 3.5 stars.

You won’t walk away saying this is a great film..it get’s jumbled along the way.

We don’t really care about anyone except maybe..Rachel McAdams (I have a crush on her..she’s Canadian). Helen Miran’s character is most unforgetable.
Rating: 3 / 5

D. Morgenbesser Says, in 2-4-2010 at 21:44:17 from     

All I could say is that this was one of the most boring movies ever.
Rating: 1 / 5

maggie van ostrand Says, in 2-4-2010 at 21:56:16 from     

The BBC’s mini series, State of Play, on which the American version was, well, sort of, based, is so far superior, it paralyzes the mind. With so many fine actors in the U.S. version, how the director, Kevin MacDonald, managed to get such sorry performances is beyond belief.

One thing this 2009 movie (ever wonder why it’s already on DVD and Pay TV?) has that’s useful: It will put an insomniac to sleep in ten minutes.

On the other hand, the BBC version is exciting, taut, suspenseful, and the casting is superb, with Bill Nigh in the original role of newspaper editor (given to Helen Mirren in the American version. For once, she is not perfect).

Trust me and spend the extra few bucks to buy the BBC version on Amazon.com.
Rating: 1 / 5

Bradley Hollister Says, in 2-4-2010 at 23:52:09 from     

Private military firms (“PMF”) are a great way for liberals to channel their aversion to the military. In reality, PMFs survive more scrutiny and hold their employees to higher standards than the regular military due to the consequences of minor mistakes (Executive Outcomes/Sandline) and they do a large amount of good that will never be noticed. The cheapest and most effective way to clean-up Darfur would be through the use of PMFs. They could end genocide tomorrow.

I was laughing during the inquisition of the PMF CEO by Collins. “He exploits the lives of ex-military for his own financial gain” (paraphrasing). What a crock! Those in the military have higher odds of killing themselves driving a motorcycle while off-duty stateside than PMF employees guarding crown princes in the sandbox. Also, I wouldn’t call it exploitation when they are being paid over $200,000/year.

I tried to make the switch from the USMC to Blackwater after returning from Iraq and being discharged. With my service record, I thought they would love to have me – I never even got a call back. They were too busy putting ex-special forces through their grueling indoctrination program.

The regular military players in the movie, Collins and, especially, Bingham, are portrayed as crazy. Did they really need to go through the “suit up in boots and utes (not the normal assassin garb)/load the m-4 (not the appropriate assassin weapon)/get yourself killed montage?” Not all ex-military have PTSD – in my opinion, the number claiming PTSD is highly inflated because it is a quick and easy way to get a medicinal marijuana card in many states.

This movie was offensive and misleading to the public. Left-wing fiction of the worst kind.

Rating: 1 / 5

Magic Pen Says, in 2-5-2010 at 01:48:58 from     

This has all the promises of a great flick.

The plot is taut, relevant, and suspenseful. We know the company the film really refers to.

There’s also great cast. Hard to go wrong, but it did.

You would have thought that with all the sophisticated test screening, market research … etc. to protect their investments, the people who made this film could come up a with a better ending comparable to something like Michael Clayton. But they didn’t.

Either the research company the producers hired was testing the film at a wrong audience, or the real event this film is based on has still not fully run its course.

One way or the other, the producers should fire the market research company that tells them the film will do well.

Hope they can correct this if ever there’s going to be a director’s cut.

Rating: 2 / 5

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